ACCESSING PUBLIC INFORMATION
Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records, and an officer for public information and the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information.
Any requests for actual data or inquiries about its existence, completeness, meaning and usage must be made to the Elected Official’s Office or County Department that is responsible for that data (Custodian of Information) because they are the only ones in a position to indicate how they use the information in the conduct of their business.
For more details on public information, you may access the website provided by the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.
There are several ways to access information from the Bexar County government. Some Elected Officials and County departments provide online access through their websites. Some also provide public access terminals in their offices for free use by the public. Calling the individual offices will allow you to determine which ones provide that service.
Deed Recordings, Marriage Licenses, Assumed Names, and UCC
District Court – Civil Litigants
Jail Activity Report
Past Elections Results
For one-time requests, make your request in writing to the Custodian of the information you are requesting. If the information is stored electronically, the Custodian will forward your request to BCIT who will then evaluate the request and provide an estimate of charges for producing the information.
If you need regular access to information, Bexar County also has a Monthly Subscription Service called the Bexar County Public Information Network.
THE BEXAR COUNTY
PUBLIC INFORMATION NETWORK
The Bexar County Public Information Network (BCPIN) is a system designed to allow clients to access and view public information stored in Bexar County's computer system. To use BCPIN, the subscribing client needs a personal computer (PC) with a modem and recent version of Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator Software. The BCPIN systems are:
COUNTY CLERK CIVIL RECORDS (CENTRAL FILING):
Civil court cases handled by the County courts.
COUNTY CLERK PROBATE RECORDS:
Probate Civil Court cases handled by the Probate courts.
COUNTY CLERK AND DISTRICT CLERK BOND TRACKING INFORMATION:
Tracks the status of bonds by providing bondsman's and subject's Bond information
COUNTY CLERK AND DISTRICT CLERK CRIMINAL PUBLIC INFORMATION:
Filed and re-filed criminal cases in the County courts and cases involving indictments, re-indictments, or waivers in the District Courts, searching by name and case number.
DISTRICT CLERK CIVIL RECORDS:
Civil court cases handled by the District Courts.
BEXAR COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION:
Names and addresses of Registered Bexar County Voters.
You will also be able to access to the following:
Provides names, addresses and bar numbers of Bexar County attorneys.
BEXAR COUNTY PHONE DIRECTORY:
Provides a list of Bexar County Departments and Personnel with telephone numbers.
Other systems may be added in the future, at no additional cost to current subscribers. A manual is provided to BCPIN subscribers, along with a training class on the various systems.
To subscribe to the BCPIN service, simply fill out the Contract and Security Clearance form and return them to Bexar County Information Services with an initial sign up fee of $100.00, made payable to the Bexar County Clerk. Various passwords will be assigned for access to the systems. A monthly invoice will be sent to each subscriber for the following charges:
Transaction Charges: $.026 Per transaction
Contract Administrative Charges: $10.00 Per month
Non-Programming Personnel Charges: $15.00 Per hour, at one (1) hour per month
A transaction is defined as each time the Enter key is pressed, a Function key (e.g.: F1, F2, etc.) is pressed, or whenever a screen pops upon your monitor. The system is not available beginning at 5:30 p.m. each weekday evening while maintenance is being performed on files. The time required for maintenance varies from two (2) to four (4) hours. When maintenance is completed, the system is available for access.
Your computer must be capable of running Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.01 or better, or Netscape Navigator Version 4.7, or greater, to use our services, and must have a modem capable of 9600 baud rate or greater. For best results, we recommend a Pentium class computer running at 266Mhz, with a 56k Modem.
To subscribe, the forms can be downloaded in PDF format by click on the following links:
NOTE: If you print your forms, be sure to print and complete two (2) copies of the contract in addition to the Security Clearance form.
You may also call 210-335-0200 to obtain the necessary paperwork to subscribe.
Please read the BCPIN FAQ for more information. For additional assistance or unanswered questions on the BCPIN, please contact Bexar County Information Technology at 210-335-0200.